Indiana Fever forward-guard Kate Starbird will not play in the WNBA this year, saying yesterday she needs to rest and spend time with her...

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Fever forward-guard Kate Starbird will not play in the WNBA this year, saying yesterday she needs to rest and spend time with her family.

The 6-foot-1 Starbird, who joined the Fever before last season, said, “I plan to continue playing basketball in Europe in the fall and haven’t ruled out a return to the WNBA for the 2006 season.”

Starbird, 29, played in Spain the past two winters.

Starbird was a standout at Lakes High School in suburban Tacoma and an All-American at Stanford. She has played for the Seattle Reign of the defunct American Basketball League and the WNBA Storm.

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Starbird was waived by the Storm in May 2003.

She averaged 1.7 points and 9.8 minutes in 12 games for Indiana last year.